What is the Bible

From Eternal Moments- Posted: 19 May 2014 

Did you know the Bible is always a best seller, the best seller? It is the single most published book with 150,000 copies sold EACH year! And it comes in 1200 languages. It's truth withstands the test of  ANY scientific discovery.

So...what is the Bible? What would you say to someone who really didn't know? Here are some bullet points that might be helpful:

  • The Bible is the inspired and true word of God written by men. (if God could create the world, authoring a book is small potatoes.) It is God's love letter to us! God wants to be known. 
  • It is one large book with  66 smaller books contained in it.
  • All 66 books have a common theme running through them (Pretty amazing huh? Do you have 66 books with a common theme on your book shelves? Okay, 25? How about even ten books with a different authors?) In the 66 books of the Bible, the main character is God and the theme is God's plan of redemption for His people. His story is one great narrative of creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration. 
  • Of those 66 books, there are 40 authors. The authors come from different walks of life: soldiers, kings, scholars, prisoners, and fishermen.
  • There are various types of writing styles and purposes for each of the books, depending on how God used each author: Historical narrative, poetry, prophecy, and instruction are all contained in this one book.
  • There are a many different published versions. The three most popular are The NIV ( New International Version, a thought for thought translation),  The New American Standard (word for word), and the Message (a paraphrased version).  
  • The Bible, in its entirety, was written over a span of approximately 1500 years. The Bible is divided into two large sections: The Old Testament and The New Testament.  The word testament means promise or covenant.There are 39 OT books and 27 NT books. The Old Testament supports the New Testament and the New supports the Old. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

So..how many Bibles do you own? Maybe the better question is how many do you open? So dust off your Bible and crack it open, the God of the Universe is speaking to you.

With faith, hope, and love,
Lori Wildenberg co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting
author, speaker, licensed parent and family educator 

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